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You Can Have Your Cake and Read It Too! at Halifax Public Libraries
2nd annual Cake Decorating Contest makes literacy fun (and yummy) for parents and kids!

January 15, 2009 HALIFAX - Did you know that something as simple as making a recipe together is a great way for families to explore literacy and share their love of reading? And if that recipe happens to be for cake, then you’re sure to have a yummy time, too! The library’s 2nd annual Cake Decorating Contest to mark Family Literacy Week is a chance for families with kids of all ages to crack open a cook book and bake a delicious cake to celebrate literacy.

“Since we’re asking participants to base their cake on a favourite book, or on a reading theme, it’s a great opportunity for families to discuss books together. Our goal is to make literacy fun, and what better way to do that than by baking a cake?” says Cynthia Gatto, Children’s Resource Manager with Halifax Public Libraries. Research suggests that reading to children often and from an early age helps stimulate brain development and has substantial impacts on future success in school. Since early literacy can offer a lifetime of benefits, it’s important that families get involved and read together. Family literacy can take many forms, from reading a bedtime story, writing a letter together and even going over a shopping list.

The contest is open to families with children or grandchildren ages 12 and under. Cake entries must celebrate literacy by depicting a favourite storybook or by representing reading as a theme. There is also a professional/corporate category, where businesses can enter their cakes. The judging will take place at the Alderney Gate Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to view the cakes while enjoying a slice and a beverage; children can vote for the best family cake in the Children’s Choice Award category. This year’s judges are CBC’s Information Morning co-host Elizabeth Logan, NSCC pastry instructor Jean-Luc Doridam and Carol McDougall of the Read to Me! Nova Scotia Family Literacy Program. Based on the entries from last year, which featured a 3-D Goodnight Moon cake, a truly “giant” James and the Giant Peach creation and a towering Cat in the Hat masterpiece, the judges will have their work (and hopefully their cake, too) cut out for them!

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852